Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm

Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm
Our Olde English "Babydoll" Sheep and their lambs

Saturday, April 25, 2015

CT Sheep and Wool Festival

What a great day! Sharing my booth with my friends Rose and Jody...

Jody's amazing hand crafted hats and pins found people in awe!

A peek of the room...

AJ was all smiles, every time I looked over she was chatting with someone new...

I only had a small amount of time to walk around, but I found this guy just stunning! And so, the festival is behind us now, but a fun time was had and some new things came home with me too! We all did so well, that I need to get onto spinning, knitting and getting more stock for upcoming events!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chicken Math!!!

It's called Chicken Math! What it means is there are never enough chickens when you have a chicken obsession!!! Today 10 more came to live with us!

The 10 new Rhode Island Red pullets, already a week old, are fed, had water and are warm. They are resting after their long journey. So our numbers are now, 16 hens, 4 roosters, 16 three week olders and 10 1 week old...hmmmm it all adds up!!! More chickens!!!

We're going to the fair!!!

Or should we say "the festival"! This January we applied to the CT Sheep and Wool Festival and we got in!!! The fair organizer had one spot open and asked me what I could bring to the festival that would be different, my response, "quilters beeswax"! So I am packed up...

final skein of yarn is off the bobbin setting...

props are ready to go. The truck is packed, but the best part is sharing this with my friends, Jody and Rose. They will be sharing my booth with me and just around the corner is a few other friends sharing a booth. This should be fun!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

The chicks they are a growin'

The chicks are just over two weeks old now. They are getting feathers and the combs are starting to come in!

This is just after they were cleaned which usually last about 5 minutes! They are eating and pooping machines. They are out growing their cage so we will have to come up with something bigger soon!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The release of the Queens!

After the threat of rain this morning I fired up the smoker and headed up to the hives to see if the queens had been released. All 3 queens were still in their queen cages.

I am also absolutely amazed at the quality and size of the drones! They are the size of miniature chihuahuas for gosh sakes! The big eyed honeybees in the picture are drones.

Here is a queen after being marked. This year we will mark all the queens blue as per the international code. It makes it easier to find her amongst thousands of bees and tells us she is a 2015 queen. We will revisit in a few days to make sure all is well with the queens and hives.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The bees are here!

We got the call! The girls were here, so off Tim went to pick them up, 2 packages for us and 1 for Kisha!

3 pounds of bees per package, that's a lot of bees!!!

Getting them ready to go in. We are starting our hives off this year with lots of drawn out comb filled with honey. All was not loss losing our bees over the winter, this will give these girls a great start.

The queen cage and her majesty. One of our queens was dead in the cage but we quickly went back and they replaced her. We get our bees from Roland's Bees in Southbury, great service and quality!

In they go! The feeder was filled with sugar water and Honey B Healthy. So lots for them to eat...

and bee season is under way!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Readying the hives for the girls

Last week with the help of Kisha and neighbor David, we disassembled the hives, scrapped and scrapped them clean.

Repositioned the cinder block stands and did our very best to get them level. We were at it for hours.

It paid off though, even in the rain, we are ready for the girls who will be arriving today!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Doube trouble!!!

These two have settled in not before we had some issues. We tried to put them in with the sheep, that lasted 5 minutes! One of them slammed poor Ivy in the head, ringing her bell pretty hard, so we put them in with the Alpacas. One of them attempted to ram one of the alpacas who quickly gave her a good kick. The look on her face was priceless when she realized maybe she had underestimated things! My mom wanted to name one of them Matilda, so we decided to call her Mattie (the bigger one with black horns) and the smaller one is Prudence and we will call her Pru. Over all they are doing great and becoming friendly too!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Planting and more!

Today was time to take a break from all these babies and get some planting done. The cold frame was planted with some lettuces.

This winter, a lot of the rabbit litter and manure was added to the gardens. I swear the pelleted newspaper litter makes all the difference!

The soil is like black gold with lots of worms!!!

Inside the greenhouse some nasturtiums and morning glories for now. It has just been so cold to begin planting in the greenhouse.

But the greatest thing of all today, the hose is no longer frozen!!!! Winter is over!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

New chicks to the farm!

New life is busting out everywhere here! Our new chicks finally came in as soon as I got the call, neighbor David and I rushed right down to pick up our combined order!

They are warm and snuggly under their infra red lamp. Chicks at this age cannot regulate their body temperature. There is lots of food and water, they are doing great!

This time round we ordered some different breeds, Americanas, Black Sexlinks, Laced Wynadottes, Buff Orphingtons  and others. Can't wait to see them grow up into beautiful chickens!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bidding farewell to Nigel

Our handsome Nigel left our farm for his new home at "Short and Sweet Farm" today. He has gone to begin his legacy and carry on his father's Mo. He is just the sweetest boy! He's in good hands with Liz Swanson his new mom!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Maple syruping is in full swing!!!

I am very proud to say that Tim has finally mastered his phone and took these pictures! A spile with maple sap flowing from it! The weather is finally getting where it should be, warm days and cold nights get the sap flowing.

One of his trees from his sugar bush with his maple buckets on it. This tree is quite a producer!

The evaporator, fired up and rendering down sap...

and a selfie of Tim and his bliss, boiling down sap!

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Life on the Farm!

Mr Fluffer...

and Ms Tawny, would like to announce...

their new bundles of joy! Six new fat baby English Angora babies!!! They are healthy and Tawny is doing well for a first time mom! I am already in love with all of them!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Guess who came to live on Coon Hollow Farm???

Well we will give you a hint: their fleece is incredible and is called mohair, are does (girls)...they are Angora Goats!!!               

We loaded them into my moms SUV and made our way home with them. They are so calm, laid back ladies. They laid down for most the trip and enjoyed the ride.

They don't have names, this lady has blond colored horns.

This little lady has black horns, one is bigger than the other. They were not sure if they are related or not.

I spent some time with them today after the craziness with the lambs being born. They are next to the ewe and her lambs and they watched the lambs with great intent last night. They let me touch them a bit, are a little nervous but I did get a chance to get my fingers in their fleeces! All I can say is "OMG"! So soft! Now we need to name them!!!

Welcoming twins and a surprise!

Lily finally had twins! Poor Lily has been big as a house, but yesterday she was panting and acting squirrely. I was doing a barn check at 9:30, came out of the house and heard their little cries. She had just had them on the hill. A ram and a little ewe. The little ewe had a rough time but she is up and strong and nursing! She gave us a scare this morning, Tim turned on the camera and thought she was dead, she was so soundly sleeping. I rushed down and when I walked in she lifted her head and stretched!

And this is our surprise! Can you guess what it is?

Friday, March 27, 2015

New products and changes coming to the farm!!!

With our beeswax that we harvested last year, we are adding some new products to our line of farm things.

Today I melted down some of the beeswax,

strained and poured it into some of these new molds I got...

and molded them into quilters wax. This is a great tool for quilters, it keeps the strands of the thread strong so they don't break. I aways use it when making a new quilt! Stay tuned, a lot of new life coming to the farm, as well as some farm friends moving on to new chapters for them. Lots will be happening on the farm, stay tuned!!!